Tag: FEMA

St. Croix Amateur Radio Club Supports Irma Response in US Virgin Islands

Amateur Radio volunteers from the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club are supporting the Hurricane Irma response at the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), utilizing 60-meter band channel 2 (5.346.5 MHz USB) to coordinate emergency communications. The net is continuously monitored and has scheduled situation reports (SITREPS) at 1200 and 2200 UTC. The club’s […]

Amateur Radio Volunteer Response Continues to Historic Hurricane Irma

“We have survived Hurricane Irma.” That assessment came this morning from ARRL West Central Florida (WCF) Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, who reported that the storm’s eye passed over the Hardee County emergency operations center just before midnight EDT on September 10. (Davis also is the Hardee County Emergency Coordinator). Irma has now been downgraded […]

Communication is key to surviving a disaster (Colorado)

There’s always plenty of Monday-morning-quarterbacking after major disasters, criticizing the way it was handled is easy when everything is in full view after the fact, and there will always be the “what ifs.” But disasters are inherently unpredictable — they wouldn’t be “disasters” if they weren’t. Nonetheless, there are precautionary measures that go a long […]

via the ARRL: FEMA Announces Regions that Could Activate on 60-Meters for Hurricane Irma

The below listed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regions, including call signs, could be activating the 5 MHz/60-meter band frequencies in support of a possible response to Hurricane Irma on September 5. Region 1 — KF1EMA Region 2 — KF2EMA (includes Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) Region 3 — KF3EMA Region 4 — KF4EMA […]

via the ARRL: Heavy Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey Could Extend for Days, Catastrophic Flooding Forecast

Although Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and is weakening, forecasters are predicting that rainfall generated by the storm system could continue for several more days. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reported that the storm made landfall on Saturday at around 0300 UTC between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, with maximum […]

Array of Amateur Radio Resources Readying for Hurricane Harvey Response

Amateur Radio resources are marshaling to assist in the response to Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast on Friday (August 25) as a Category 3 storm. It would be the first storm to hit the US coast in more than a decade. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) already has […]

FEMA Region VI to Conduct Communication Test on 60 Meters

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI will conduct a communication test on June 3, from 1300 until 2359 UTC. Region VI consists of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The intent of the test is to complete system checks prior to the “Vigilant Guard” exercise that will take place this summer. Set for […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #940

This Week in Amateur Radio #940 Week of March 4, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR940 Running Time: 1:08:42 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #940 with a release and air date of Saturday, March 04, 2017. This weeks edition is anchored by. Andre Wald, KC0MMY, […]

FEMA Needs an Experienced New Administrator, Former FEMA Head Says

Now-former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, told a US House subcommittee this week that the agency needs to have a new and experienced administrator soon, or it could lose its forward momentum. That sentiment was echoed by House members during a February 28 hearing on FEMA’s future held by the House […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #935

This Week in Amateur Radio #935 DOWNLOAD HERE: https://archive.org/details/TWIAR935HAM Running Time: 1:11:45 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for combined Editions #935 with a release and air date of Saturday, January 28, 2017.This weeks edition is anchored by Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Don Hulick, […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #931 / 932

Edition # 931 / 932 – Release date: Saturday, January 7, 2017 This podcast is suitable for air on amateur radio frequencies. Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #932 with a release and air date of Saturday, Saturday, January 7, 2017. This week’s edition […]

FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017

FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18. “The intent of this COMMEX is to test and exercise interoperable communications (federal/state/local/tribal/amateur) during a major disaster, where communications infrastructure would […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #930 – Special Christmas Edition

Edition # 930 – Release date: Saturday, December 24, 2016 This podcast is suitable for air on amateur radio frequencies. Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #930 with a release and air date of Saturday, December 24, 2016. This week’s edition is anchored by […]

FEMA Interoperability Exercise Deemed a Success

Laura Goudreau, KG7BQR, Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator for FEMA Region X, said the December 21 Region X interoperability communications exercise on 60 meters went well. “We had 48 check-ins, of which 42 were amateurs,” she said. “It was very successful and also included our first digital test.” The “COMMEX” consisted of check-ins from authorized state, […]

FEMA to Conduct Interoperability Exercise Using 60 Meters

FEMA Region X will conduct an interoperability communications exercise on December 21 that will use 60 meters. The “COMMEX” will consist of radio check-ins from authorized state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made up of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, […]

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